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How do I draw for example a 12-leaf-daisy by only drawing one leaf and than duplicate/rotate it along a circular path? Is there any built in function like "actions" or "automatic repeat by angle and path"

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In Designer:

It´s called Power Duplicate in Affinity Designer. Here's how it works:

- select an object. Mark the rotation point to what you want

- press cmd + J  (or go to menu and choose Edit -> Duplicate)

- transform the duplicated object in your case, 360/12=30 degrees

- press cmd + J again, and again and so on. till you have 12 leafs.

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- transform the duplicated object in your case, 360/12=30 degrees

 

Please note that the default position for the centre of rotation is the centre of the object. Before transforming the duplicated petal, you will need to move the rotation centre to the position where you want the centre of the daisy to be.


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I tried doing this in Affinity Photo, but can't figure out how to make the petals go around the circumference of the inner circle evenly on the circle's outer edge.


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1. With 'Snapping' on, draw the inner circle

2. Draw one petal just below the circle

3. Align the two shapes horizontally

4. Choose the Pen Tool [P]

5. Choose Line Mode from the Context toolbar

6. Draw a 0pt line from the middle of the circle to the bottom of the petal

7. Group the line and the petal (but not the circle)

8. Duplicate the group

9. Go to the Transform panel

10. Set the anchor to top centre

11. Type the required rotation value into the R control

  • e.g. 360/11 to give you the precise angle required for 11 petals

12. 'Power duplicate' the group until the circle is surrounded by petals

 


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Alfred,

Thank you so much! Didn't realize there were so many steps, though. Worked great.

I did notice that when (I'm using the built in shapes in Affinity Photo (heart, circle)) zooming in on the shapes, they look really pixelated regardless of the size of the shapes drawn. I'm using version 1.5.2 on an iMac. When i viewed the tutorial on Vimeo for Power Duplicate https://vimeo.com/110124748 all the stars look great zoomed in, but my shapes look pixelated. Any idea why? I attached my file of shapes I was experimenting with.

shapes.afphoto


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Hi roddy,

That's because Affinity Photo renders/displays a rasterised view of all objects (vectors included) - it is a photo editor, not vector design tool as Designer. The video you are seeing if for Affinity Designer. If you open your afphoto file in Affinity Designer you will see the vector objects rendered as vectors (non-rasterised) and as sharp as you saw in the video.

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MEB,

Thank you for the explanation. Unfortunately, I don't have Affinity Designer. Is there a way to have those drawn shapes in Affinity Photo look the same as in Designer?

 

Also, on another thread, I was hoping to contact you about Paste Special not being available in the Mac version. I'm trying to separate the shadow fx from an image so I can manipulate the shadow without the original image. Here is a link to the thread if you would so kindly read near the bottom of it. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/8795-basic-long-shadow-effect-using-affinity-photo/#comment-221405

I appreciate all the help in allowing me to learn and enjoy using Affinity Photo.


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16 minutes ago, roddy said:

Unfortunately, I don't have Affinity Designer. Is there a way to have those drawn shapes in Affinity Photo look the same as in Designer?

 

If you increase the document 'DPI' value in the Resize Document dialog (accessed via the Document menu in the Windows version of Affinity Photo) you will be able to zoom in further before you begin to see any pixellation.

 


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Alfred,

Thanks. It looks a little better now. Not as great as I'd like, but I do understand the difference between Photo and Designer.


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49 minutes ago, ricke76 said:

For my part it has never worked, it is the object and the axis that move and not the object around its axis.

 

This thread is about revolving copies of one object around another object, not about rotating an object around its own axis. Please explain a little more about what you’re trying to do.


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Please see my step-by-step instructions in this post. At step 2 you have drawn the second object above the circle instead of below it, so at step 10 you need to set the anchor to bottom centre instead of top centre, but everything else is the same.

 

I've attached a file which has 'Save History With Document' switched on so that you can use the History panel to see what I did.

 

AD_ricke76.afdesign


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